Lesly Longa VaillancourtAttorney
Lesly Longa Vaillancourt focuses her practice on estate planning and mediation. She enjoys helping clients protect their families and plan for the future. Lesly is licensed to practice law in Florida, Maryland, and the District of Columbia (inactive). She currently serves on the Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, is on the editorial board of the American Bar Association’s GPSolo magazine and is a past Chair of the Florida Bar Consumer Protection Law Committee.
Lesly grew up in Tampa, Florida, and was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduating from The American University School of International Service, where she interned with the U.S. Department of State, Lesly began providing legal services in 1999 as an Intellectual Property Paralegal. During law school, she clerked with a boutique real estate firm in Boston and a firm of Barristers in London. While at the highly ranked Boston University School of Law, Lesly received a scholarship upon admission, was awarded the top grade in legal research and writing, drafted legislation for a state representative, and earned a position on the scholarly journal of her choice where she served as an editor.
After graduating from law school and passing the Maryland Bar exam, Lesly gained valuable experience as a trial attorney with two civil litigation firms in Washington, D.C., arguing cases against large corporations. She sat for and passed the Florida Bar Exam on her first try prior to relocating to Tampa and opening the Longa Law Firm in 2008.
During her time as chair of the Florida Bar Consumer Protection Law Committee, Attorney Lesly Vaillancourt was involved in developing outreach programs to educate Floridians on their legal rights, updating consumer pamphlets available on the Florida Bar’s website, and educating attorneys on consumer issues. She frequently delivers presentations on estate planning, elder law and consumer protection. Attorney Vaillancourt volunteers with Bay Area Legal Services, and she has earned recognition for her pro bono service from the Supreme Court of Florida. She also speaks Spanish and has represented foreign nationals in U.S. courts. Away from the office, Lesly enjoys flamenco dancing and spending time with her family.
Licensed to Practice Law in all state courts of Florida, Maryland, and the District of Columbia (inactive)
Admitted to Practice in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator
Member, Editorial Board, GPSolo Magazine, American Bar Association
Member, Florida Bar Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Chair, Consumer Protection Law Committee of the Florida Bar, 2015 – 2016
2016 Graduate, Bar Leadership Institute, Hillsborough County Bar Association